Arrange for electric service to the
site and a portable toilet if needed.
Mark out the house foundation in
preparation for excavating as well as utilities.
Remove any trees, bushes or debris
as necessary from the building site. Have the excavator cut down the
grade if required.
Verify when your excavator will
complete digging the basement and arrange for the footings and
foundation walls to be poured immediately after.
If you are going with a septic
system, install a sleeve for the sewer into the foundation wall.
You can install the septic system
before the foundation, do not excavate the basement until it is
Once the footings and foundation
walls have been poured, install any steel beams required in the
basement, install drain tile and apply waterproofing to the exterior
of the walls.
Start the water system on your lot
and run all lines needed then stub them off.
Allow 28 days for the concrete to
cure and then backfill. If you do not want to wait for the concrete
to fully cure you should install the first floor framing, including
sub-floor, before backfilling to brace the walls and keep them from
cracking under the pressure.
Frame the floors, walls, ceilings
and roof, including the 3/4" sub-flooring and the wall and roof
Install the roofing and then house
wrap, followed by the soffit and fascia.
At this point you can begin the
rough plumbing while installing windows, exterior doors and siding
Build any masonry chimneys and
fireplaces at the same time.
Heat ducts should be installed
immediately after the rough plumbing. The same contractor may also
install the gutters at this point.
Rough in the electric.
Once the roof is on, windows in,
rough plumbing done, and inspected, with sewer and water lines run
into the basement you can pour the concrete basement and garage
Do not cover any interior walls
before all rough inspections are complete.
(Start Packing you're almost done.)
Drywall installation, taping and
sanding, and spray with primer.
Install under-layment, ceramic tile
and other forms of flooring.
Install cabinets, trim, accessories
and built in appliances.
Finish plumbing, electrical,
(install fixtures), and install furnace and A/C. Hook up telephone
Rough landscaping, if not already
done with backfill, culverts, sidewalks and the driveway can be
completed now as most delivery trucks have come and gone.
Painting, staining and final
Finish landscaping (top soil, sod,
Clean up the mess, you're done and
ready to start your new life in a brand new home built with only you